We got a puppy last spring and I've been in PetSmart and PetCo more in the last 9 months than I ever was when we had our last dog. Anyway, the kids like to stop and look at the reptiles whenever we're there. They look like a lot of work, maybe just because they're so foreign to other pets we've had. So we're holding off any more animals until we get the dog under control.
As a kid I had 3 box turtles (Arkansas Terrapins), and they were a blast. They didn't have heat lamps and ate vegetables, we were probably pretty poor in taking care of them but they seemed to do really well. Thinking about it now, we probably really messed them up. Especially when my dad decided it was time to return them to the wild after a few years of captivity. I never really thought about that as a kid.
Yeah. We'll be passing on any reptiles any time soon. Yours look really cool though, and well taken care of. Thanks for posting the pictures, my kids were interested in their names.
I have read though that handling them can give you hairy knuckles. Or something like that.